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minutes, pope benedict xvi is expected to board a helicopter and leave the vatican for good. he also said he will pray for them as they choose a successor. joining me now father robert ber rain. and investigative journalnyist and daily beast intruder. 2:00 eastern time, the pope is going to read the first in 600 years to step down. talk to me about his legacy, father. >> part of the interpretation of vatican 2. both he and john paul ii saw their papacies an attempt to interpret vatican too properly. not so much a modernization of the church, vatican ii was an evangelical missionary council. to some degree modernizing to make the church a more apt meaning to that. hence the wide travel for example of john paul ii, hence the great teaching of benedict xvi. i think that's his major legacy. >> they're very different at least in their style and in their i guess pastor abilities in some way, although not very different philosophically. >> this has been a really unsuccessful papacy and the greatest single act of his papacy is that our church is in real trouble and i am not able to cope with the
. that leaves that very important vacancy and sets up a conclave of cardinals. vatican says by mid-march at the latest. vatican says we should have a new pope by esther sunday march 31. pope benedict will not take part in the conclave. usually a conclave happens after a pope dies. 1415 was the last time a pope quit in office. who is the next pope? he could come from developing areas of the world. it guarantees a lot of drama and a lot of black or white smoke coming from the roof is sistine chapel. march report concerns about the pope's health surfaced this past christmas eve. have it can watchers say he looked frail as he delivered the midnight mass. here he is riding in a motorized cart. the mass is moved up two hours to give the pope time to rest for the christmas day speech. he took the opportunity to urge peace in the middle east during the holidays and was looking rather frail at christmas before this big decision. dill * it was remarkable to watch him at the midnight mass the amount of help he needed to move anywhere inside of st. peter's. cart mall timothy dolan, the archbis
started to thank the cardinals and the collaborators. he thanked the people around him in the vatican wall and the people that we see and that we don't see. i think that's a very interesting invitation to all of us, an invitation to look at the good things within the vatican. a sense of charity to one another. chris, the central message of this -- of this address, was indeed love. >> also acknowledging that this has been, george, some times very difficult papacy, any papacy is hard, you wrote about this today, the idea that becoming pope is actually an impocket task, but he said that he faced choppy seas, head winds at times, your thoughts about his final address to the people. >> chris, like you, i was struck by how interestingly autobiography cally this last speech was. it was within a new testament framework. this pope treats the new testament not as if it were an ancient artifact as it was a template to live one's life. sometimes in difficult circumstances, he's asking all of us in the church and in particularly these cardinals, who now have an extremely, heavy burden, laid on them. to
will depart the vatican for the last time as pope. he will take off from the helipad just behind the st. peter's basilica there. and vatican television cameras will follow the journey, live, robin. >> what history you're witnessing, george. you're going to be there all morning long, live. >>> and here, with josh, sam, bianna in for lara. we have a full morning here in new york as well. we are going to bring you the latest encouraging headlines for your wallet. the dow surging near record highs. bianna's going to bring us that. >>> and how about this? the hairstylist at war over a fortune. the co-workers said they bought the ticket as a group. one of them claimed the whole prize for herself. and that would never happen here. >> mostly never. >> full morning ahead. >>> of course, let's go back, now, to george in rome. george? >> and it is just a glorious day here, robin. sunny, warm. almost spring-like. those cardinals that the pope met with this morning have already begun their informal discussions about who the next pope is going to be. and the pope gave them some direction today. they come fr
to the faithful -- people flocked to the vatican to bid goodbye to " benedict, both as the head of the catholic church and as a bishop in rome. the pope took his time. this vehicle stopped several times so he could less children. an estimated 150,000 worshipers had congregated at st. peter's square. they had come from all over the world to be here, to hold up messages of banks and pay reference to the outgoing pontiff. among them, many from the pope's native germany. benedick was the first german pope in half a millennium. a brass band played the anthem of the very where the pope was born and raised. in his address, he spoke candidly about his almost eight- year papacy. he drew an analogy from the bible, saying there had been days of sunlight, but there had also been stormy waters and head winds when the lord seemed to be sleeping. the pope also directly addressed worshipers, expressing his gratitude for supporting his decision to step down. he said he would remain in the service of the church. >> i thank you all for respecting and understanding my decision, the decision i have taken for the go
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. a monastery in the vatican garden is being renovated as a permanent home for him it's a 8,600 square fight complex. renovations have been in the works since november and expected to be completed in the spring. his longtime housekeepers will join him. our special edition of "early start," the pope's last day continues right now. >> our special coverage continues right here on cnn. >>> history in the making. pope benedict xvi about to carry out the last chaj of his papacy meeting one by one with the cardinals who will choose his successor and he might be face-to-face with the next pope in just a few minutes on this last day on the throne of st. peter. good morning. welcome to this special edition of "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. we'd like to welcome our viewers from around the world on cnn international. it's the top of the hour, thursday, february 28th. we are witnessing history in the making. no one alive has ever seen a sitting pope step down. >> it is all unfolding right now and by 2:00 p.m. eastern, pope benedict xvi becomes pope emeritus. but there is sti
for instructions to come down from the vatican. that should be happening. but, again, he said he was just as surprised as everybody, and a a lot of folks that have passed by here, one woman saying, make sure you tell people pope benedict was a good pope, is a good pope. another man was also startled, worried that, in fact, our presence here suggested that perhaps it was more than just frail health, that, in fact, perhaps he had passed. not the case. he has just decided to step down. again, the news filtering to all of his cardinals, his archbishop, everybody in the catholic church, taking many by surprise today. chris? >> deb, thank you for that. please say with us. you and i have covered what may have been this pope's high point, the trip to the united states. it was such a re-invigoration point for so many of america's catholics. this latest sparks suspicions. why now? is there anything lurking there? is there ha secret? very little happens at the vatican that's a surprise. people know. he is 85 years old now, pope benedict. he says in his own statement that for some months he's been lo
research. many moidores were angered when the vatican attacked american nuns. >> john fugelsang host of viewpoint's father was a franciscan monk before marrying a nun. >> the pope has been a part of your life i'm guessing since you were a small boy. you had to be surprised today. >> i was completely shocked. i was up very early doing an appearance on bill press's show here and his producer told me about it. i never would have seen this coming. he has been pope for a long time. many consider him to have been the pope the last several years of pope john paul's papacy. the poor man was so wracked with illness and kept on coming out in an ever more frail state. he hasn't canceled any engagements. we're hearing rumors that he decided no more transatlantaic travel after trips to south america. the word we're hearing is fatigue. we're going to hear conspiracy theories ranging from everything to the vatican bank to the horrible sexual scandals. pope gregory in the 1400s was forced out. it wasn't volunteer. it was like a much more pleasant version of what happened to an curry. the last time t
network, which was heavily criticized the vatican's report last year. in a black history month special, we remember the lives of the legendary civil rights activist, singer and actor paul robeson and his wife eslanda. >> i have never separated by work as an artist from my work as a human being. i have always believed more strongly to me my art is always a weapon. >> we will speak with historian barbara ransby, author of the new book, "eslanda: the large and unconventional life of mrs. paul robeson." >> both paul and essie refused to renounce their radical friends and refused to renounce their own radical views. again, they paid a price for it. paul was blacklisted, they lost their house, had extensive fbi files and so forth. >> but first, north korea has just carried out its largest ever nuclear test. it says the test was done in the face of increased hostility from the u.s. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. north korea is drawing global condemnation for a new underground nuclear test. the north korean gov
the vatican just hours after pope benedict would be announ-- pope benedict announced his resignation. >> what will the pope do? he could become the most distinguished walmart greeter of all time. >>>, wi >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." nae north korea held its third nuclear test. >> president obama will in fact discuss the nuclear test during his state of the union address tonight. the president will say it merely isolates north korea even more. now the north says it tested a lighter, miniaturized nuclear device underground at its northeastern test site. margaret brennan is in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, nora and charlie. president obama is calling the test a highly provacative act. he condemned it in a statement overnight saying north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program constitutes a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. north korea has been warning for weeks that it was about to test its nuclear arsenal. on tuesday morning, it exploded a bomb in a facility one kilometer underground near the same location of it
of cardinals at the vatican. >> dear brothers, i have called you not only for the three can onizations but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the church. after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god i have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the papal ministry. >> suarez: underscoring that point benedict's brother said today the pope's doctors recently advised him not to take any more transatlantic trips. in a 2010 interview, benedict said a pope could step down if he felt unable physically to carry on. he had visibly slowed in the last few years. >> the last one who made the pope last week and i said that he was tired an tire. >> suarez: few outside his inner most circle saw it coming. and the announcement instantly sparked speculation about whether there was something more to the decision. >> it's unique in terms of the papacy. so it could be deeper. than what we've been told at the moment. >> i can only accept his resignation if he were ill and could no longer carry
of february. he is the first pope to do so in 600 years. >> it was during a routine meeting with vatican card bills that pope benedict did something that no pontiff had done in nearly 600 years. he announced his resignation and stunned his audience. he said that i have come to the certainty that my strengths, in due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate execution of saint peter's ministry. pope benedict said the strength of mind and body are necessary. strength in that in the last few months had deteriorated to the point where he doubted he could carry out his duties. only yesterday pope had spoken to sunday audience in st. peter's square. the vatican said that there was no specific medical issue making can step down. the pope said that he did not have the stamina to continue. >> i am very disappointed and in shock about what happened this morning. >> it is a great act of courage to do what has not been done in 600 years. >> 1 cardinal feels it is a liberating act for the church. no future pope will feel like they have to stay on until death. >> we had a warning from the pop
>> george: today on christian world news, a huge price from the vatican. now that pope benedict xvi is stepping aside, who will take his place. >> wendy: plus north korea rattles the world, but the regime's nuclear test isn't shaking christians. we'll show you how they're sending messages of hope to that isolated nation. >> george: and how those who are spreading the gospel are taking on a new look and a new folk. ♪ >> wendy: who will lead the world's one billion roman catholics. hello, everyone, i'm wendy griffith. >> george: and i'm george thomas. pope benedict xvi announced this week his resignation, saying it is for the good of the church. the 85-year-old pontiff says he does not have the strength to continue. it shocked catholics worldwide. it has been 600 years since a pope has chosen to step aside. now the faithful are asking, what happens next. charlene israel reports. >> reporter: the vatican will hold a co conclave before easter to elect a new vote. they will vote to decide who will lead the world's one billion roman catholics. >> the cardinals are going to have to weigh
for her. >> stay on this for us. thank you. >> it's an historic sunday morning in vatican city, where the pope made his second to last public appearance before he steps down on thursday. coming up, we will discuss pope benedict's legacy and give you a short list of who could succeed him. >> jamie: have you heard of identity theft? there is a new warning about it. we don't want to you get your identity stolen. you are at risk. we will tell you how to protect yourself, coming up in my take charge consumer protection segment. >> eric: drivers are gearing up for the daytona 500, a day after the horrific crash that injured dozens of fans. we'll have the latest, live from the speedway, ahead. (crickets c) bill: you might just wanna trade that one in. ♪music announcer: the spring fishing classic starts this weekend at bass pro shops. during our reel trade-in sale save up to $100 more on a new reel when you trade one in. morning, boys. so, i'm working on a cistern intake valve and the guy hands me a locknut wrench. no way! i'm like, what is this, a drainpipe slipknot? wherever your business
in germany and later a top vatican official. on a visit to america in 2008, he became the first pope to meet with the victims themselves. on a lighter note, benedict has become known as his personal idiosyncracies like his bright red shoes. he's been using a moveable platform to carry him down the aisle of st. peters basilica. this morning after he made his announcement, he was helped down from his chair. while this is a surprise the pope has said in the past that he reserved the right to resign if he felt too old to perform his duties. what's next? he still hopes to serve the church through a life dedicated to prayer. elizabeth, back to you. >> greg, good morning to you. lot of people really surprised by the announcement this morning. some cardinals in the audience didn't understand what pope benedict was saying? >> that's also true. one of those occasions in rome the pope actuallies gives his speech in latin. i was watching on tv. i wasn't there in the crowd. i was watching on tv and you could tell some of the cardinals didn't get the latin and really such a serious thing. obviously, they
in woodlawn, sheree johnson, abc "2 news." >> we want to take you to the vatican. you are looking at a live scene where a news conference is going on. a number of things happening. we learned britain's most senior roman catholic cleric has resigned. we are monitoring the situation. this is in italian. we are hearing that they are headed to the vatican. pope benedict xvi delivered his last mass on sunday. in washington, d.c , thousands gathered at the shrine of the basillica in a service to honor the pope. parishioners are holding out hopes for favorites. >> >> it's interesting to notice that the church is only growing in the third world, africa, asia, it would be such a nod. >> one of the 11 american cardinals voting to elect the next pope. he said it is unlikely the next one will be from the united states. again, a live press conference happening right now, we'll let you know what is going on. >> >> it looks like we could see some relief from the skyrocketing gas prices. . crude oil prices are going down. wholesale price of oil beginning to tumble. . >>> otis harris performed with the temp
: at the vatican tonight preparations are being made to convene a meeting of the college of cardinals to elected a new pipe like the sudden and unusual retirement of pope benedict xvi, the selection of a new spiritual leader for the world's 1.2 billion catholics could offer some breaks with tradition. >> you have a number of cardinals now who are from africa, south america and asia. i think it would not be a shock if we had somebody from one of those places. >> reporter: santa clara university's father michael mccarthy says the cardinals have always at least in the last several centuries picked a european priest. but this time, those considered top contenders are from around the world and third world including: >> it's always a mystery what the college of cardinals thinks when they gather. but i do think that they are aware that catholicism is increasingly becoming a global reality. >> reporter: many parishioners coming to saint joseph's cathedral in san jose are praying for the cardinals and hoping that the new pope will usher in a new era for ca
will, in the 21st century. as someone who follows the vatican and the goings on m vatican very closely, i wonder what you think the likelihood is that the cardinals will choose someone who is not from europe to be the head of the church? >> i have to say i still think the odds are against it. partly if you look at the make-up of the college of cardinals, it's still the case that italians loom as the largest single group. it is possible, however, that something interesting could happen. especially if the cardinals of the third world get together and say wait a minute. rome has to pay attention to us. i was talking to somebody who is very -- spent a lot of time in the vatican who made the point that a lot of times the cardinals of the third world feel that they are forgotten as part of this operation, that their views don't get the say they should get, but it's also the case that a lot of the differences of opinion in the church are not along regional lines. just to complicate the picture further. the -- there is also -- the catholic church is also growing in asia. it would be fascinatin
're with us. i'm jenna lee. pope benedict xvi citing his declining health for this decision. the vatican says there is nothing mysterious or grave they quote. but the pope benedict xvi brother told a german newspaper that the pope had difficulty walking. just one report but something to take into consideration here. the 85-year-old pontiff will resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as pope. he was elected by his fellow cardinals in 2005. we're getting new reaction to the announcement from around the world and across the united states. the united states home to 68 million catholics, about 1/5 of the country, including reaction from one church leader elevated to cardinal by the pope last february. >> my affection and for and ad mir vision -- admiration for pope ben benedict xvi. i love him so much, as the bish shop of roam who appointed me to you all. to the holy father who made me a cardinal. i just always admired him as a scholar, as a priest, as a holy man. i'm in admiration for him is even higher because of his you humility. jenna: mr. anderson just had a private meeting
not only the world off guard, but a billion plus catholics but even insiders in the vatican were caught flat footed. so eyes now on who could be next. maybe between now and easter we'll find out. >>> the emotional interview with joe paterno's widow in the wake of a scathing report about the sandusky coverage. how the family is fighting to clear his name. >> that was quite an emotional interview she had. she was there specifically to do one thing. she was there to clear his name. and there was a lot of emotion during that interview. >> did you see the interview? >> i did. she was asked point plank, was there a coverup? she said absolutely not. she was there for one reason. interesting it took her this long. >> it has been a while. >> it's been a year. >>> and the latest installment in the saga that is rihanna and chris brown. how she might be taking the phrase "stand by your man" to a whole new level. unconfirmed reports out there, but could be an interesting development in that relationship. we'll get to that in "the skinny." >>> but first important news and that is breaking news out of
of privacy he will have now. want to go live to vatican city inside of rome, italy, where father jonathan morris, fox news religion contributor. he is live in the vatican. that is place where he spent many years working. father, hello to you. explain the message from the pontiff today. >> sure, bill. the whole issue of his privacy that he brought up is very interesting pause it is true that he was saying, after i retire, right, coming up tomorrow as you said at 8:00 p.m. rome time, i'm not just going to be a private citizen of the world anymore where i can go as he said and give conferences or talks. he said, no, i will always be the one who was pope. it is now pope emeritus. he said the way he will be a pope emeritus by being in a monastery and convent, making reference to st. benedict, who was a monk. he said that is the type of life i will lead. quiet in prayer, doing service to the church, instead of going back to be what he was before he became pope. very interesting. there will not be a pope making commentary on the new pope, words and actions. bill: i think when we think about his
of the vatican. >> yeah. >> pope benedict is stepping down. how long? >> not quite eight years. >> yeah, may of 2005 is when it started. >> a seven-year reign. >> and it ends on february 28th, according to we'll be following this. >>> to washington now. members of congress remain focused on deficits, spending and how to head off the looming sequestration cuts poised to kick in early next month. in separate interviews on sunday, house minority leader nancy pelosi and majority leader eric cantor laid out the economic dividing lines. >> what we need is growth. we need growth with jobs. and if you have spending cuts, education of our children and other investments like the national institutes of health where you are hindering growth, you're not going to reduce the deficit. so it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. we have a budget deficit problem that we have to address. we think the deficit and the national debt are at immoral levels. we think they must be reduced. we're sick and tired of paying interest on the national debt. and that's 15% -- that's a large percentage
'm suzanne malveaux, here's what is going on right now from the vatican. it's the resignation heard around the world. pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. he says because of his advanced age. he's no longer able to handle the demands of being pope. the last pope to resign was way back in 1415, i will have much more of what happens next. and what is ahead for the catholic church. >>> and former navy s.e.a.l. who reportedly fired the shot that killed osama bin laden, he says he has no pension, no medical insurance, according to an article in esquire magazine, the man known only as the soter packed a train to protect his family from al qaeda terrorists seeking revenge. i will talk with investigative reporter who talked to that navy s.e.a.l. in a few minutes. and the u.s. coast guard coming down to the rescue to help a cruise strip stranded in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew all stuck on a carnival cruise line try ump that is getting as can you imagine a little funky, a little uncomfortable. a woman on board tells us that the toilets not working any m
hour by announcing this prophetic pic of a lightning strike in vatican city yesterday. this news was really like a lightning strike to everyone around the globe. has the vatican talked more about any decisions behind the scenes? we do know that the pope has a pacemaker. they've put that out there. he's had it for years, but have they decided or released what were the real factors behind the scenes? because this is uncharted territory. >> it is, absolutely, uncharted. and they're still in a state of shock here, i have to tell you. but from a lot of people that i've been talking to since i got on the ground here, and also speaking the to the vatican spokesman, there doesn't seem to be more to it than the fact that the pope is 85 years old, he's gotten increasingly frail in recent months. and frankly, this is somebody who has to run what is a global enterprise, 1.1 billion catholics around the world. and i think he just realized that there was so much on his plate, that with modern medicine and our ability to keep people alive longer, but perhaps not with the energy and vitality tha
and are awaiting a ruling from the vatican. sister marian batho respects the archdiocese.er >> we are trying to understand and the fact that this process has gone on so long i think is certainly a symbol of our understanding, the fact that we recognize that this is difficult. >> reporter: no priest has said mass at the church in eight years, but those holding vigil have their own church service every sunday morning. >> this is a family bonding moment helping this church open and this family wouldn't be the same without this church. be this church is our family. >> reporter: a family these parishioners have no plans to abandon no matter what the vatican's final decision. elaine quijano, cbs news scituate, massachusetts.scit >> pelley: scientists in russia today said that they have found more than 50 meteorite fragments from that space rock that blasted into siberia on friday. they're finding pieces of it around a hole that it punched ins a lake. some residents are selling fragments on the internet. 1,500 people were hurt by flying glass when the rock, estimated at 10,000 tons, created a shock
needed that title before. >> you are absolutely right. here i am near vatican swrar where they are handing out 50,000 tickets, putting up the risers and loud speakers. many catholics are expected to come here. you are absolutely right. this is an unprecedented situation. never in recent memory a pope emeritus. all of the details will need to be worked out. he will wear a simple white cossick after he steps down. in the meantime, the vatican has been in damage control mode. it wants to get past the scandals which have colored the beginning of this week. we know also you mentioned cardinal o'brien, he will not be coming, it is unprecedented that a cardinal will not come here to take part in the conclave to elect the next pope. he will not be coming because of these scandals. he referred to that fact when he himself resigned. yesterday, i spoke to a former dominican friar, a practicing roman catholic and also openly gay. he said it's well known there is a very large representation of gays in the catholic clergy. here is what he told me. >> having been a friar myself and havin
there are new reports about the pope's health. a allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict has been wearing a pacemaker for some time and had an operation eplace to replace the battery three months ago. how much his declining health and the strain of dealing with scand the vatican leaks and sex abuse scandals is only speculation. only a few of his closest aides new in advance. with his brief announcement in latin, benedict set a modern precedent that ensures his t that successors can take the same path, as one cardinal put it he broke a taboo. catholics around the world reacted with surprise some sadness, but overall there was a sense that benedict had done the right thing, for himself and the church. >> it is quite an act of ch. humility for the pope to realize that he can no longer physically and mentally discharge the duties of his office. ♪>> reporte >> reporter: even as benedict's ated t legacy is being debated the struggle for succession has begun behind the scenes. latin americans feel their time come has come and there are several strong candidate
'll take on a new title. the vatican announced this morning benedict will be called emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. 115 cardinals are expected to vote for his successor. britain's highest ranking catholic leader will not be taking part. in one of his final acts, the pope changed the rules of the meeting. allen pizzey is in vatican city. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the newest guessing game here is how soon the conclave will begin. by both law and tradition, the cardinals can't talk openly about it until one day after benedict officially leaves office. the cardinals want to get on with the job of choosing a new pope as soon as possible according to a well-placed vatican source. a major issue plaguing them will be the sex abuse scandals. but they must be dealt with in the view of cardinal james stafford, who is too old to vote in the conclave. >> if it mean to be despised which many of us it does mean then we accept that. >> reporter: you also have to overcome that if you want to get people back in the church. you have to rebuild the im
mali. >>> the vatican is lashing out this morning at a new report resigned after finding out about an underground gay network of priests in the vatican. it was published by the italian newspaper "la repubblica." >> reporter: the vatican issued it's a strong word and angry at statements by the secretary of state in response of those allegations made yesterday. now let me read you part of it so you can get a sense on what tone they used to answer to those allegations. it says in it that it is regrettable as we draw near to the beginning of the conclave when cardinal electors shall be bound in conscience and before god to treatly express their choice, news reports abound which are often unverifiable or not subsequent damage to people and institutions. >> mara, these are strong words for a strong denial by the vatican. >> claudio, tomorrow is the pope's last sunday blessing before he retires on february 28th. what do we know about the timing of when the next pope will be elected? >> well, we don't have the beginning -- the beginning of the conclave, and the election of the pope yet and
>> we're back with one last look at vatican city. that is where pope benedict 16 is wrapping up an emotional final address. a short time ago he told pilgrims from all across the globe that to love the church means also to have the courage to make difficult, painful decisions always keeping the good of the church in mind, not one's self-. >> he went on to say while he faced joy he also had difficult moments stkaourg his leadership. and he said he will continue to serve the church through prayer. the pontiff thanked all for respecting his decision to retire. he is the first pope in 600 years to do so. >> i'm deeply grateful for understanding, support and prayers of many of you from those at home and around. the decision i have made in god's will and deep love of church. >> pope benedict xvi asked for special prayers for the cardinals and whomever they choose to be his successor. he will officially enter retirement tomorrow. that will do it for us. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> good morning. it's wednesday. it's february 27, 2013. i'm gretchen carlson. i hope you're going to
through nashville. also this morning, history was made at the vatican as pope benedict made one of his last public appearances as the leader of the roman catholic church. we'll explain what's next as he prepares to resign. >> just ten days from now. >> incredible that it's even happening. >>> and giving vision to people who cannot see. it could be the first fda approved bionic eye and we'll show you how it's making a huge difference in the lives of some. >>> later on this half hour, the kinky techniques described in the book "50 shades of gray." who's teaching the curious the lessons that may be difficult to forget? >> i must ask, have you ever read the book? >> i have not read the book? >> not interested or just haven't gotten around to it? >> well, with a baby, i don't have the time. >> we'll get do that more later in the show. >>> some sad news to start off the week about troubled country music star mindy mccready. place say she took her own life yesterday at her home in arkansas. her body was found on the front porch. >> she had been on the top of the country charts since the mid '
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